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Holidays on the Venetian Riviera
With its golden sands and wealth of family attractions, the Venetian Riviera is Italian beach life at its best. Whether you want to while away your days with a good book on the beach, or fancy braving the thrilling slides at Aqualandia water park, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied on a holiday to the Venetian Riviera. And should you want to experience the grand architecture, museums and gastronomy of Venice itself, you’re only a short ferry ride away.
In the summer months temerperatures reach the high 20s to low 30s (°C)
Venice Marco Polo (VCE) airport is 32km from Lido di Jesolo; 94km from Lignano Sabbiadoro; and 96km from Bibione
The sweeping golden beaches are some of the most popular attractions on the Venetian Riviera. Lie back and soak up the Italian sunshine on popular Lido di Jesolo beach, or enjoy a cooling drink and a massage at Lignano Sabbiadoro. if you’ve got kids with you, treat them to a day out at Aqualandia water park or Parco Zoo Punta Verde. Active families can hire bikes and explore the extensive cycle paths around Bibione. At the end of the day, sample a local dish such as white asparagus risotto or pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) then wash it all down with a glass of the local Prosecco.
With its ancient temples and well-preserved archaeological sites , Sicily is ideal for history buffs. Explore the remains of the ancient city of Akragas at the Valley of Temples, making sure to stop off at the Temple of Concord on your visit. The Greek-Roman town of Ortygia is another popular attraction in Sicily. Keep your eye out for the ruins and Baroque churches as you roam its cobbled streets.
Lido di Jesolo’s Aqualandia is one of the biggest and best water parks in Italy, with a host of slides and play areas for kids of all ages. Thrill-seeking teens will want to ride Captain Spacemaker, the highest water slide in the world; while younger children will enjoy the Pirates’ Galleon shows. Another great day out for younger children is Parco Zoo Punta Verde in Lignano Sabbiadoro. Keep your camera handy so you can snap photos of the tigers, rhinos and elephants, then head over to the petting zoo to feed the goats.
Come to Bibione in late April to sample the region’s famous white asparagus. Enjoy it the traditional way, with a drizzle of rich olive oil, a pinch of salt and a fried egg, accompanied by a glass of local Lison Pramaggiore wine. It’s no surprise that wine is a big deal here; the surrounding countryside is home to glera grape vineyards which are used to produce Prosecco. You can even take wine tours where you’ll get to harvest grapes and taste the local wine for yourself. Nearby Venice is home to some of Italy’s best gelato (soft Italian ice cream); take your pick from an array of exciting flavours such as tiramisu, fig and walnut, and rich dark chocolate.
Wine drinkers: Taste some of the delicious wines made in the surrounding Veneto area
Beach lovers: Lido di Jesolo’s golden sands are within walking distance of most of the resort’s hotels
Families: Zip down the slides at Aqualandia water park and see the tigers and elephants at Parco Zoo Punta Verde
Language: The language spoken in Venetian Riviera is Italian
Local time: The Venetian Riviera is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Currency: The currency used in the Venetian Riviera is Euro (€)
Fly to: Venice Marco Polo (VCE) airport is 32km from Lido di Jesolo; 94km from Lignano Sabbiadoro; and 96km from Bibione
Flight time from The UK: Approximately 2 hours
Tourist information: Further Venetian Riviera tourist information can be found at http://www.veneto.eu/home
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the Venetian Riviera
Temperature: High 20s to low 30s (°C) in summer.
Best time to visit: Spring or autumn for slightly milder temperatures.
Summer temperatures on the Venetian Riviera are comfortably hot, often hitting the early 30s (°C). Spring and autumn are both great times to visit as you’ll have slightly cooler temperatures; popular tourist spots are usually quieter too.
By boat: From leisurely gondolas to zippy vaporettos, there are lots of different types of water vessel to choose from when you want to tour Venice’s unique network of historic canals. There are regular ferries between Venice and Lido di Jesolo.
By mini-train: Take in the sights of Lignano Sabbiadoro by riding the tourist train. On the way you’ll see the beach, church, and the Terrazza a Mare pier.
By bus: Most of the major tourist areas can be accessed via bus. Pick up a ticket at a newsstand and board at your nearest bus stop.
For film fans: Visit the oldest film festival in the world. Taking place in August, the annual Venice International Film Festival draws in famous directors and actors.
Carnivale: Pack in as much fun as possible before the beginning of Lent, just as the Venetians did centuries ago. Head to Piazza San Marco in February for the world’s most famous masked ball.
Food, glorious food: Bibone’s Septemberfest is a traditional harvest celebration of local food and drink. Taste locally-made wines and traditional dishes such as juicy roast pork, sardines with creamy polenta, and garlicky salami.